Viruses, trojans, malware, rootkits and other pests can cause you a lot of trouble including the financial loss and theft of identity. If your Windows based computer is infested with malware then best approach is either to use an online scanner or download a virus removal tool. Sophos, a leading security firm, has come up with a one stop solution for such situations – Sophos Virus Removal Tool. Sophos Virus Removal Tool is a free tool that can be used to scan and remove viruses and other malicious programs from your Windows PC.
Sophos Virus Removal Tool is completely free of charge and comes with latest virus definitions. It can detect and remove malware, viruses, rootkits, spyware and fake antivirus from your computer. It supports Windows XP, Vista and 7. Even if you have an antivirus solution installed on your PC, you can still use Sophos Virus Removal Tool to detect any malware that your installed antivirus product might have missed.
You can download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the Sophos website. The download is around 84 megabytes and might take a while to download on slower internet connections. The download is in form of a setup installer. After the installation it would create shortcuts in the Start Menu and Windows desktop. You can run it from either of these shortcuts. Sophos Virus Removal Tool has a very simple and plain interface. It does not have any options like choosing scan location or scan type. All you have to do is to click on the Start Scanning button to start the scan.
It scans your computer’s memory (both the user memory and the kernel memory) and all the local hard disks for viruses. It seems like that it scans only files with executable extensions like .exe, .dll etc. On my Windows 7 computer, it scanned all the local hard disks two times and the scan took more than half an hour. The scan might take longer if you have many disks and larger number of files to scan. In the end when the scan is finished, it would show you if it has found any threats on your computer.
At this point, you can click on the Details button to see a list of of threats found on your system. The details window shows a list of all threats and the location of files where it is found. It does not give any options to select or de-select any threats, so that you can control removal of malware from your system. All the threats are pre-selected for removal.
You can close the Threat Details window, if you have opened it, by clicking on the Close button. Now you can click on the Start Cleanup button to start the removal of all the found threats. The removal process is very quick and finishes in a few seconds. After cleaning up your PC of all the found malware, it would display a Cleanup Report showing how many threats it cleaned.
Sophos Virus Removal Tool is a simple and straightforward tool to get rid of known viruses from your Windows computer. It is completely free of charge and can be run even if you already have an installed antivirus product on your system. It scans your computer’s user memory, Windows kernel memory and all the files on your hard disk. It does not have any options to choose like folder location, scan types or scheduling scans etc., but it runs a full scan on all items on your computer – making sure that no threat remains undetected on your system. You can download it from http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/virus-removal-tool.aspx.